“Released, liberated!”: Childfree and sterilized

By Emma Tillich


This article explores the practice of voluntary sterilization among childfree women. In many respects, those interviewed consider sterilization as an optimal contraceptive method. We attempt to contextualize this view within a subversive culture of self-optimization that promotes a new set of values about personal development, with reproductive self-control at the top and procreation at the bottom. Furthermore, this practice is almost exclusively limited to women, and is therefore a form of gendered self-enhancement.


  • sterilization
  • deviance
  • optimization
  • contraception
  • childfree
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